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Old 07-13-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
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recently moved my TV across the room and needed to get a longer coaxial cable. I was using the basic one the cable company installed a few years back. My local HD channels looked GREAT before. I purchased a 25 foot Philips coaxial cable that said "Optimized for HDTV". I'm getting all my channels, including the local HD channels, but the picture on my HD channels doesn't seem as good. It seems soft.

The only other thing I changed is I moved the TV closer to where I sit; I sat further away before. Would that have anything to do with it?

Could it be the coaxial cable ?
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Are you using a cable box? Are the HD channels letterboxed? If they are, then you're not watching true HD.
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They're in true HD. They just look softer and not as detailed as before.
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recently moved my TV across the room and needed to get a longer coaxial cable. I was using the basic one the cable company installed a few years back. My local HD channels looked GREAT before. I purchased a 25 foot Philips coaxial cable that said "Optimized for HDTV". I'm getting all my channels, including the local HD channels, but the picture on my HD channels doesn't seem as good. It seems soft.

The only other thing I changed is I moved the TV closer to where I sit; I sat further away before. Would that have anything to do with it?

Could it be the coaxial cable ?
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Buy this: Quad-shield rated at 2.3GHz


Quad-shield is as close you can get to what the cable company will use for HDTV, High Speed Broadband and digital phone. If your picture is weak still you might need a distributor amp to boast your signal from the where the coax drop line goes to your box from the street pole. That you would need to call your cable company to come out for that. They can test your signal for HD quality.
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They're in true HD. They just look softer and not as detailed as before.
How far from the set were you sitting before?
How far from the set are you sitting now?
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:09 PM   #6
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recently moved my TV across the room and needed to get a longer coaxial cable. I was using the basic one the cable company installed a few years back. My local HD channels looked GREAT before. I purchased a 25 foot Philips coaxial cable that said "Optimized for HDTV".
You can often talk to your cable company about getting their cable. They often provide it for free.
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You can often talk to your cable company about getting their cable. They often provide it for free.
Cable company started to charge for house calls, so make sure you have some sort of in-house service with them. Can get costly. They have the 2.3GHz Quad Coax RG6, their Digital Ends are better though. Digital SAT uses 3.0GHz Quad Coax though you don't need that for Digital HDTV Cable.
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Cable company started to charge for house calls, so make sure you have some sort of in-house service with them. Can get costly. They have the 2.3GHz Quad Coax RG6, their Digital Ends are better though. Digital SAT uses 3.0GHz Quad Coax though you don't need that for Digital HDTV Cable.
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You've got to give tipstir credit for one thing - he's consistent.

Has never posted anything accurate, helpful or informative.

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No it not... COX Communications charges well in this state and RI to come out to do any work. To repair is another story. If it's your fault then you pay for the repair. But I am on in-house service plan. I get that for free because I got everything they offer.

I don't know about Comcast, Charter an etc.. They might still offer free service. You're suppose to be able to go to the local office and pick-up free digital HDTV boxes and extra cables if you need. That's free. But to get the Tech into your home they started charging for that service.

As for the RG6 Quad that's what the house is running here. I know there has been good number of debates on the subject matter but my point is right you need that to run High Speed Internet 40mbs or higher, Digital Phone (VOIP) and HDTV carried on 8 or more sets on the house. Finally all 8 connections are now active. All RG59 have been replaced. I am not doing the work, I could but let Cox do it.

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As for the RG6 Quad . . . you need that to run High Speed Internet 40mbs or higher, Digital Phone (VOIP) and HDTV carried on 8 or more sets on the house. Finally all 8 connections are now active. All RG59 have been replaced. I am not doing the work, I could but let Cox do it.
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Can believe he replied - No it not.....
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the guy at my radio shack told us to use monster cables
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the guy at my radio shack told us to use monster cables
If you have money to burn, go right ahead. You can purchase high quality reliable cables that work just as well for a fraction of the cost at places like www.monoprice.com.
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I'd never go with Monster Cables. All they are are the same cable as the other guys, they just have a "bigger" brand to make you pay more.

According to the cable guy (Charter Communications) when he came out, we get to keep any cable they use to hook up our system.

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I don't know about Comcast, Charter an etc..
Yeap, on Charter anything that deals with a service technician coming to your house involves at least a $30 fee.
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